"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Friday, December 23, 2005

Another Success of Adult Stem Cells

Singer Don Ho has had great improvement in his heart function as a result of an experimental procedure that used his own stem cells, AP reports:

"I'm feeling terrific, 100 percent better," Ho told The Associated Press in one of his first interviews since surgery Dec. 6. "I'm ready to go, but I've got to listen to the doctors.

"When they say my heart is strong enough to get excited, I'm on."

The 75-year-old singer underwent a new treatment that hasn't been approved in the United States. It involves multiplying stem cells taken from his blood and injecting them into his heart in hopes of strengthening it.

"It was my last hope," said Ho, who suffers from nonischemic cardiomyopathy — a weakened heart muscle not due to blockages in the coronary arteries.

The experimental procedure he underwent was developed by TheraVitae Co., which has offices in Thailand and laboratories in Israel, where Ho's stem cells were sent to be multiplied. The therapy was supervised by Dr. Amit Patel, a heart surgeon from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

This is just another of the many impressive healings achieved by doctors using adult stem cells.

3 comments:

Timothy Birdnow said...

Great post!

Just more proof that the argument over embryonic stem-cells is false; increasingly, there is no good reason to support fetal tissue research. It is all about empowering the pro-death crowd and forever enshrining abortion as the final law.

Tlaloc said...

Neat but really it says nothing at all about ESCs. Yes Adult stem cells have use and nobody has suggested abandoning them. But at the same time embryonic stem cells are far more versatile with less effort.

So while you celebrate ASCs saving this one man's life maybe pause to consider how many will die this year because you refuse to let fetal cells that will be dstroyed anyway be used to help people.

Tlaloc said...

"It is all about empowering the pro-death crowd and forever enshrining abortion as the final law."

It should go without saying that ESCs have absolutely nothing to do with abortion. You are, in other words, purely making this up.